SIGS Kick Off
IT Security Strategy 2019 and beyond: Challenges & Priorities


Target Audience Information Security Professionals CIO’s, CISO, IT Manager, Security Engineers and all other persons who are responsible and interested in Security

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Location Eventalm
Meienbreitenstrasse 9
8153 Rümlang
Date of Event 17th of January 2019
Language English
Schedule see agenda below
Participation Costs Fr. 95.— per participants
Speeches, Apéro, Dinner and all beverages included
Especially No contact details or email addresses will be provided to any sponsor. The presentations will not be published after the event – it’s a closed community!



1:00 – 2:00 pm Registration & Coffee
2:00 – 2:15 pm Welcome & Introduction by SIGS
2:15 – 2:45 pm Gerald Vernez, Delegate for Cyber Defence of the Swiss Ministry of Defence
Gerald Vernez studied geology, meteorology and security policy. He first started his carrier in the industry before joining the General Staff of the Swiss Armed Forces in 1996. After a central role in the preparation of the national staff for the management of the “Y2K” (the year 2000 problem), he planned the new command and control organization of the Swiss armed forces and later built up their information operations capabilities. In 2009, he became chief of staff of the joint staff and in 2011 deputy director for the development of the National strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks. In 2013, he became the Delegate of the Chief of the armed forces for cyber defence and then led this area from 2015. Since 2017, he has been the Delegate for cyber defense of the Swiss Ministry of Defence. Gerald is a general staff colonel with numerous commanding and staff positions and is heavily involved in the security and defense policy debate through several Fora.

Reflections on the Challenges of Digitization for the Swiss Security Policy
Since the beginning of the 1980s, our society has experienced a rapid and radical revolution through the invasion of information and communication technologies (ICT), which we have irrevocably become dependent on. No one escapes this transformation and its consequences. What does this change mean for Switzerland’s security policy?

The presentation will propose a first approach on the essential elements of this equation and will explore beyond the classic but still dominant considerations of computer security. The shape of future conflicts for which our highly engineered society should prepare are also discussed. The cyber incidents known so far could only have been nice bites compared to what we might expect in the future.

2:45 – 3:15 pm Carsten Engelbrecht, CIO at Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
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3:15 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 4:30 pm Peter Merker, Chief Information Security Officer at skyguide
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4:30 – 5:00 pm Philippe Vuilleumier, Head of Group Security / Chief Security Officer at Swisscom

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5:00 – 5:30 pm Thomas Holderegger, Head of Security IT at UBS AG
Thomas Holderegger is a senior information security and risk management expert with more than 14 years experience. He holds a Master of Arts in History, a Master of Advanced Studies in Information Security and an MBA in International Business. He has joined UBS early 2008, joining from the Swiss Federal Police where he was a member of the founding team of the Swiss Reporting and Analysis Centre for Critical Information Infrastructure Protection.

Thomas has held several roles during his UBS career. He started in Wealth Management IT Risk, managing the yearly SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) self certification process and introducing a new risk management and reporting tool and process across WM IT. In 2009, he moved to the role as Chief of Staff for Global IT Risk & Security, in 2011 moved to the business side and joined the Wealth Management COO Information Security Risk Management Team (Divisional Information Security Office DISO), in 2013 moved back to IT to join the Security IT senior management team. He managed the “Data Protection” program around Digital Rights Management (DRM), Data Leakage Protection (DLP) and other important strategic projects in Information Security, being accountable for scope, cost, quality and timelines. Additionally, he was responsible for all Application Security and IT Security Consulting Services provided by Security IT.

In 2015, he became the Service Line Manager for Data Protection & Application Security as well as the Account Manager for Wealth Management and the Swiss Bank and from February 2017 to May 2017, he was the group-wide Head of Security Architecture (Security CTO) and Head of Access Management. In this double role, he is responsible for the architecture of all security related products in UBS Technology as well as for all Access Management related services (access request and provisioning services, entitlement review services). In May 2017, he also took on the role as Head of Architecture for Technology Services. Since August 2017, he is the Head of Security IT in Technology Services, accountable globally for all technical Information and Cyber Security Controls at UBS.

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5:30 – 6:00 pm Podiums Discussion moderated by (open)
6:00 – 7:00 pm Apéro
7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner (buffet with hopefully something for everyone)
8:30 – 9:00 pm .


9:00 – open end Desert, Networking and Know How Sharing to the topic IT Security Strategy 2017


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